Sinus Massage: 3 Techniques to Relieve Pain

What is Sinus Pain?

Sinusitis is inflammation of the nasal passages (sinuses). It causes a feeling of pressure or tightness in your nose, which may cause it to feel like it’s full with air. This condition usually occurs when there are problems within the lining of the nose such as allergies, colds, and other respiratory infections. When this happens, mucous from the sinuses builds up in your sinuses causing them to become inflamed and sore.

How does Sinus Massage Help?

The sinuses help regulate the flow of air through your lungs. If they don’t work properly, then you could experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing or even difficulty breathing. When these symptoms occur, they’re called rhinorrhea (rhymes with “whine”). These symptoms are caused by the build up of mucus in your sinuses. When you do a sinus rinse, you flush out the accumulated mucus from your sinuses. This helps relieve some of the symptoms associated with sinusitis.

3 Massage Techniques You Can Try

1) Cold Pack – A cold pack on your nostrils will help reduce congestion and increase blood circulation to your nose.

It’s best if you try this technique right after taking a deep breath to make sure that it really works! Place a cold pack on the bridge of your nose for about 5 minutes or until the pack starts to get warm.

2) Neti pot – This is a small teapot-looking container with a spout coming out of the top and a small handle.

To use it, you should boil some water and allow it to cool to a comfortable temperature. Then, tilt your head and gently pour the water into one nostril using the spout. The water should flow through your nose and out the other nostril.

This will help get rid of any mucus in your sinuses.

3) Massage – To do this technique, you’ll need to get some sesame oil or coconut oil from your local drug store or health food store.

Massaging the area around your nose could help reduce swelling and make breathing a little easier. Soak a washcloth in hot water and put it over your nose and relax for 15 to 20 minutes.

If these techniques are not helping your condition or you’re having other symptoms such as pain in the upper part of your face, loss of smell or taste, vision problems or headaches then please see a physician immediately.

Is Relief Long-Lasting?

Mostly yes, but you should always remember that this is only a temporary solution. If you continue to have problems with your sinuses then you might need to see an allergist or a physician. Also, if you want to prevent this from happening in the future then you should try changing your lifestyle and addressing the source of the issue.

The Bottom Line

Sinus pain can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. Although there are prescription medications that can help relieve some of the pain, they’re not always effective and can have negative side effects. Before you turn to medication, try these three techniques first.

If they don’t help, then by all means talk to your physician about getting a prescription.

Anybody can use these techniques, but they’re especially great for people who are prone to allergies and hay fever. The best time to do these techniques is in the evening after a long day. They’re easy to do and don’t require a lot of effort.

Most importantly, they can help you get a good night’s sleep without any interruptions!

Read more: Sinus Medicine. Sinus Problems Symptoms and Treatments.

Thank you and please come back for your health soon!

Sources & references used in this article:

Stimulation of the carotid sinus nerve in treatment of angina pectoris by C Farrehi – American Heart Journal, 1970 – Elsevier

Relief of angina pectoris by electrical stimulation of the carotid-sinus nerves by E Braunwald, SE Epstein, G Glick… – … England Journal of …, 1967 – Mass Medical Soc

Apparatus and method for relieving sinus pain by W Werner – US Patent App. 12/015,397, 2008 – Google Patents

Abnormal cardiovascular responses to carotid sinus massage also occur in vasovagal syncope–implications for diagnosis and treatment by AM Humm, CJ Mathias – European journal of neurology, 2010 – Wiley Online Library